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Thousands admitted for poisoning in North East and Cumbria

From drugs overdoses to toddlers who have swallowed e-cigarette refills, a Freedom of Information request has found 12,000 people are admitted to hospital in the North East and Cumbria every year suffering from poisoning.

The National Poisons Information Service in Newcastle is one of four units around the UK and says poisoning is a "major public health issue".

Staff at the centre treat patients who have arrived at A&E and also advise health professionals how to treat and manage cases.

The Newcastle unit took 17,000 calls in 2103, with 28% of those involving children under the age of four.

  • 18 Dec 2014